Artist: Salt, Henry (1780-1827)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
This aquatint is taken from plate 13 of Henry Salt's 'Twenty Four Views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt'. Poona (now Pune, in Maharashtra) was the capital of the Marathas and the seat of the Peshwa, the head of the Maratha confederacy. In the centre of this scene, on the confluence of the Mula and Mutha rivers, is the home of the British Resident at Pune. This bungalow had been erected to celebrate a festival at which the Peshwa assisted when he was restored to Poona by British arms. According to Annesley, 'suttee' (sati, the practice of burning a Hindu widow on her husband's funeral pyre) was performed at the pagodas nearby.